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Where to find raw milk ?

Just read a very interesting article about raw milk on Salon (http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2007...) and now I'm thinking I'd like to have some. I've only had it once when I was in Montreal and remember it being mighty deliciuos...

Any recommendations of where to get raw milk both in San Francisco and nearby?

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  1. Just looked up on Organic Pastures' site and it seems that Whole Foods and Rainbow both carry it, as well the Berkeley Bowl.

    Does anyone have any suggestions of who makes the best raw milk around these parts?

    1. Alameda Natural Grocery carries a couple of different lines. Be warned, it's expensive compared to regular milk or even organic milk.

      1. Don't know who makes the best, but I've gotten it at Whole Foods in Marin. I don't remember the brand name, but it's the same company that used to sell at the Marin Farmers' Market a year or two ago.

        1. i saw it today at whole foods in the peninsula (mtn view).

          1. Hello, just wanted to update this thread in case anyone comes across it looking for raw milk. Whole Foods no longer carries raw milk. I know Falletti Foods, Mollie Stone's, and Lunardi's carries Organic Pastures raw milk. The latter two just recently started, which is fantastic news. Bi-Rite carries the Claravale Farm brand which I find superior.

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            Falletti Foods
            308 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA

            Mollie Stone's
            851 Cherry Ave # 22, San Bruno, CA

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            1. re: Nate650

              Real food bay area
              http://www.realfoodbayarea.com/

              They delivers all over the bay area - raw cow and goat milk...

              Also Piazza's in Palo Alto and Country Sun in Palo Alto have it - prices are much better through the coop of real food bay area - and the milk is fresher...within 24 hours of being pumped

              1. re: takuhead

                Brilliant, thanks for the link!

            2. Rainbow Grocery carries both Organic Pastures and Claravale raw milk as well.

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              Rainbow Grocery
              1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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              1. re: Nate650

                I've been buying Claravale raw skim milk. It's actually cheaper than clover organic skim milk, just over $3 per half gallon at Rainbow Grocery.

                The whole milk is much more expensive--above $7 I think.

                Obviously the skim milk has less flavor than 2% or whole milk, but I like it for cereal and such. It definitely starts to smell cheesy past its expiration date, while sometimes I think Clover can be pushed by a few days, but it does last reasonably well.

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                Rainbow Grocery
                1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                1. re: SteveG

                  The Claravale bottles are one quart unless they also come in half gallon bottles which I didn't see. The quart of Claravale raw whole milk goes for $4.50 at Rainbow.

                  1. re: Nate650

                    Oops, you're right. I've been buying Organic Pastures in half gallon plastic jugs. They have a nice discussion of their use of plastic on their web site.

                    http://www.organicpastures.com/aboutP...

              2. Don't know where you are located, but they have Claravale and Organic Pastures at Berkeley Natural Grocery too. They also have Claravale at Good Earth Grocery. The Claravale, in the glass bottle, seems to sell faster than the Organic Pastures.

                Yeah, I was shocked when Whole Foods pulled the raw milk off the shelves!

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                Good Earth Cafe
                , San Francisco, CA 94102

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                1. re: achefsbest

                  Thanks for the info. Is Good Earth in Fairfax or San Francisco? Or is it Green Earth?

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                  Good Earth Cafe
                  , San Francisco, CA 94102

                  1. re: Nate650

                    Best prices are through Real Food Bay Area - they have drop points all over the bay area - only $4 a quart for Claravale - milk is less than 24 hours old...and they offer both raw goat and cow milk

                    Piazza's in Palo Alto has Organic Pastures as does Country Sun in Palo Alto - also seen Organic Pastures at Sprouts in Sunnyvale

                    I also host a drop point for the raw goat milk from Evergreen Acres without the 15% service fee for realfoodbayarea.com but you do have to take a turn bringing it back for the group - usually every 6 weeks or so.
                    can email me at takuhead(at)pacbell(dot)net for more info

                    You can also search realmilk.com for other locations in California and nationwide

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                    Country Sun Natural Foods
                    440 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA

                    Piazza's Fine Foods
                    3922 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

                    1. re: takuhead

                      I'm in South San Francisco and according to this page:

                      http://www.realfoodbayarea.com/drop_l...

                      They don't deliver there :(

                    2. re: Nate650

                      Good Earth is in Fairfax on Sir Francis Drake.

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                      Good Earth Cafe
                      , San Francisco, CA 94102